Oral proceedings in case G1/21 took place today (2 July 2021) for the second time in case, after proceedings were adjourned at the first oral proceedings that took place last month. While we don’t know what the outcome of the oral proceedings will be, the proceedings were at least properly concluded and we can expect the written decision in due course.
The EPO says they’d be ready to get going with Unitary Patents later this year. Has anyone else spotted the (Br)elephant in the room? According to a press release published by the European Patent Office (EPO) on 10th January 2020, the EPO president António Campinos and his team have recently met with the Chair of the EPO Unitary Patent (UP) Select Committee and members of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Preparatory Committee from the EU member states. The main item on the agenda for them was a discussion of the most recent developments concerning the implementation of UP and UPC (the so called Unitary Patent package, which we have talked about here).
To mark the International Year of the Periodic Table, Zack Mummery takes a look at the unusual question of whether individual chemical elements could be patented.
The referral to the Enlarged Board of Appeal relating to plants obtained by means of an essentially biological process.
In 2017, the Boards of Appeal moved from their central Munich location to the municipality of Haar. The purpose of the move was to increase public perception of their independence, as well as to increase efficiency and organisation.
Is there a high chance of US and UK courts grappling with medicinal cannabis patents?The US and UK patent offices have granted a number of patents relating to the therapeutic use of cannabis derived products.